Enjoy a Newspaper History of the Bantams
Bradford City AFC was founded in 1903 and the club entered the top flight just five years later. The Bantams won the FA Cup in 1911, becoming the first side to lift the new trophy after the original prize had been lost. Bradford City was relegated from the First Division in 1922, but went on to win both the Second and Third Division titles. The club finally reached the Premiership in 1999, under the management of Paul Jewell. It had been 77 years since the club had last competed in the top flight. Jewell had signed older, more experienced players and so the promotion-winning team became known in the media as “The Dads Amy". The players proved the worth of experience however, as the Bantams successfully stayed up at the end of their first Premier League season.
Personalised Bradford Football Books - Inspired Gifts
A Bradford City Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Bantams. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Bradford Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Bradford City memorabilia collection.
Bradford City Football Book Coverage
This Bradford Football Book opens with the Bantams’ 6-3 win over Chelsea in 1907. It goes on to cover many of the great games through the 20th Century and the present era.
Early top stories in this Bradford City Football Book include becoming Division Two Champions in 1908 and beating Newcastle United 1-0 to win the 1911 FA Cup. The Gift Book includes Albert Whitehouse’s amazing seven goals in the 8-0 win over Tranmere Rovers in 1929. It also delivers a poignant piece on the sad events surrounding the Valley Parade fire of 1985. Read about the joy of Bradford gaining promotion to Division One in 1996 - beating Notts County 2-0 in the play off final - plus the fantastic achievement of gaining promotion to the Premiership in 1999. The Bradford City Books additionally relives the drama of a selection of high scoring games, such as the 9-1 win over Barnsley in 1932, the 11-3 thrashing of Walker Celtic in 1937 and the 5-4 win over Preston North End in 1992.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season in these special Gift Books. This unique insight into the Bantams’ history makes these books truly memorable Bradford Gifts and a great addition to any collection of Bradford City memorabilia.
Bradford City Memorabilia
If you are a collector of Bradford City memorabilia or looking for other Bradford gifts, why not consider our Bradford City Calendar or Bradford City Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Bantams’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Bradford fans. Other Bradford City presents include themed Spoof Football Headlines and Personalised Commentaries.
Finally – Did You Know?
- Bradford City AFC was founded in 1903 by the sub-editor of the “Bradford Observer"
- The club was elected straight into the Second Division, despite never having played a professional football match.
- Bradford City is the only professional football club in England to wear claret and amber. The colours were inherited from the rugby side Manningham FC.
- Bradford has had more than forty managers in their history.
- Paul Jewell guided the Bantams to the Premier League. Jewell had previously been a key player at Bradford City, scoring fifty-six times in 269 league appearances.